Even as the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) confirmed a total of 44 errors in the biology textbook of Class XI and XII , and 19 errors in the Exemplars, a total of 25 errors have still not been corrected by the NCERT, claiming that, ‘detailed information is avoided at this stage’.
The submission regarding the errors were made by the Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, NCERT, in reply to the Punjab and Haryana High Court order dated March 13, in a PIL made by a city resident, Dr Arvind Goyal, who is also a PMT trainer.
Of the 70 errors pointed by the Dr Goyal in the biology textbook of Class XI and XII and 25 errors in the reference book, Exemplars, the NCERT has confirmed and rectified only 44 errors in biology textbook, and 19 errors in Exemplars, which is a complilation of Multiple choice questions.
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While, the NCERT claimed that the information provided in the textbooks is sufficient, and details can be avoided at this stage, Dr Goyal pointed out that if the NCERT is so convinced that such details are not required at this stage, then it is better to omit the fact, or else students will memorise wrong facts in the beginning of their medical career.
“It is better not to teach a fact, than teaching something wrong,” he added
Adding to the woes of the medical aspirants, no separate list of rectified errors has been uploaded on the official website, and changes have been made only in the online version of the textbook. As a result, students will have to go through the entire textbook to find out which facts have been rectified.